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By Mike Johnson on 2023-04-13 10:00:00


With Endeavor taking over ownership of WWE, will current and former WWE wrestling stars be receiving any residuals from matches past and present featured on the WWE Network, DVD, Peacock, etc.

My belief is that whatever existing royalties were given in today's era will remain.  I don't expect a massive overhaul of the system, which probably means a small royalty for DVD sales and zero for streaming content.

Perhaps it’s time to start a GoFundMe and buy the Vladimir film from WWE so fans can release it themselves? Vlad deserves his moment, for his story to be told, now more than ever.

No.  It would be a wasted effort.  If you think for a second that WWE is going to sell off a film that features their video content, interviews they conducted with WWE performers and Hall of Famers and behind the scenes material for a Wrestlemania, I'm afraid to tell you that it's never going to happen.  There's a better chance of someone else paying to make their own Vladimir doc than WWE ever selling it off to anyone but perhaps licensing it to an A&E or a Peacock, while still owning the actual film. 

I'd actually like to see WWE just enter it in film festivals, since it did well when it took part in a festival in California and it's something different and unique that has a great, in my opinion, human interest angle at its core.  But I'm very biased, because he's one of my best friends and I want him to enjoy his flowers while he's healthy enough to do so.

Did you notice AEW announced a return to Chicago?  CM Punk return perhaps?

We will see.  That would seem like the best and smartest place to have him return.

Do you ever get tired of seeing people take things out of context?  I've noticed more and more your Elite articles are part of a twisted game where people take it and add different sentences and context to it, such as you reporting 100% that Gangrel will be at Wrestlemania when you never stated he would be part of Edge's entrance.  It drives me nuts, so I can't imagine how mad it must make you!

Honestly, I used to get really upset and try to correct such things, but I realized it's trying to toss grains of sand back in the ocean one by one to get rid of a beach.  If someone reads something elsewhere I didn't actually write or say HERE on and chooses to believe it, that's their fault for believing someone who is lying to them.  All I can is try to do the best job I can as a writer to report what I can confirm as accurate.  If people who swipe it don't have basic reading comprehension and change the context or outright pass on icorrect information, I can't control them from choosing to do that.  

The reality is this.  I am at the point where I've been doing this for 20 years full-time.  Anyone who wants to know what I ACTUALLY wrote and/or said can easily find it and knows where to find my writing.  If they choose not to do so, I can't force them to change their mind.  At the end of the day, it's not my job to search out and correct everything that is out there attributed to me that is incorrect. 

If I spent the amount of time needed to do that, I won't have time to actually chase stories and write/record about them.  I've greatly limited my time and output on social media for the same reasons in recent years - I choose to focus on creating content on the platform that pays my bills and for people who are appreciative of our body of work - this website.  So, I hope those people who get incorrect versions of what is stated out there elsewhere online just choose to come here instead.

Vickie Guerrero thoughts?

I am not going to comment on that except to say that if someone is threatening to take their daughter to court, it's an ugly and sad situation, compounded by the fact it's playing out in real time on social media.  Vickie wrote she's had issues with her daughter for 15+ years, which pretty much dates back to when Sherilynn was a child who had just lost her father.  I can't imagine processing such a loss at such a young age and my heart goes out to all of Eddy Guerrero's daughters for having to do so and I hope all three of them find peace in their lives.  If it was our family in that maelstrom, we'd want empathy.

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